5 dead, 129 hurt in blast at Dom­bivli chem­i­cal fac­tory

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Arvind Walmiki and Suren­dra Gan­gan ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: Five people died and 129 others were in­jured in a blast at a chem­i­cal fac­tory at MIDC area in Dom­bivli near Thane on Thurs­day. While the state gov­ern­ment or­dered a probe into the in­ci­dent, it also plans to shift chem­i­cal fac­to­ries out of Dom­bivli as they were prov­ing to be a safety haz­ard for the res­i­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses, a boiler in the fac­tory ex­ploded around 11.30am lead­ing to a ma­jor fire. More than five fire en­gines were rushed to the spot. The com­pa­nies in the vicin­ity felt the vi­bra­tions, while lo­cals said win­dow panes of their homes were shat­tered. Fear­ing more blasts, many res­i­dents came out on the streets. The po­lice. mean­while, asked people in the area to wear masks as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, as many in the area com­plained of nau­sea.

RISHIKESH CHOUD­HARY

Fire­fight­ers at the site of the in­ci­dent in Dom­bivli.

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